It’s almost that time of year where you want to pack up a set of golf clubs (not saying you should) and drive forever cross country. A GT Car would be the ideal tool, however a new BMW 6 series starts at £61,000 and most of us don’t have that kind of cash.
So what alternatives could you get on the used GT cars market?
Here are my 7 cheapskate alternatives:
Under £1,500 – A GT fabriqué en Italie (made in Italy). The Peugeot 406 Coupe.
To start off, the 406 Coupe is a Peugeot. Which indicates that there are terrible drivers. As I mentioned previously, Pininfarina gave us the Ferrari 458 gave us a rather lovely design. (the one in the previous post has been sold)
This is still an under-appreciated car in the world of used GT cars. I mean, among all the things that’s wrong, it’s still a Peugeot. It’s not the best looking in terms of interior design, but it’s got a big boot. What more could I ask?
What comes to mind in what to look out for, despite the rather excellent general build quality (albeit really boring interior) is what you would do at services. Clutches, four cam-belts, and (possibly) the water pump and the various tensioners, which can total to about the £600 mark.
Still want the plunge into cheap GT motoring? Here’s the 3.0 V6 one we found.
Still a cheap GT car? The Mazda MX-5.
*ahem* Scroll down. Or find out why Aaron and I don’t like the MX-5.
£1,500 – £4,500 – One of the many used GT cars that is awfully fast. The Fiat Coupe.
Yes, I picked a Fiat Coupe. A car that send it’s power to the front wheels ripping your hands off. It’s insanely fast, so expect the car to be thirsty because of the 16V turbo pushing this savage car to 60 in 6.5 seconds.
While the Coupe is an unsung hero in the world of used GT cars, nobody would exactly classify this as a GT because, like the Peugeot, simply because drive goes to the front. But it’s still Italian, it’s still fast (by today’s standards at least)
And while Fiat did make a few rather unsettling new cars in the US market (or UK market – we’re looking at you 500L) the Coupe doesn’t have any big, major faults to look out for. One thing from me though, is to check the tires. The Coupe’s insane amount of power is bound wear out those fronts sometime sooner or later…
Want it? This low mileage (and slightly broken) example is the one to buy. It’s done 73,000 miles and has a tidy price of £3,000.
£4,500 – £7,000 – A Japan icon that’s definatley fast. The Nissan 300ZX.
Yep, an appreciating classic that is will keep most sports cars of the era honest. Another car that people won’t declare a GT because it doesn’t have 4 seats. But it’s not that bad. It’s got a good trunk for the luggage and a lovely V6 engine Plus it’s Japanese, so it’s a great CAR all round anyway.
It’s not the most outlandish coupe that comes to mind, but it’s not the most boring. But I still would think that this is a contender to the world of cut-price GT……ing.
The main thing to look out for when buying a 300ZX is the timing belt – since the V30 in the 300 is basically an interference engine. If it’s overdue for a change, avoid. Other than that, the Z32 is a reliable, however cramped to work with.
Want it? This imported and manual 300 is yours for £5,995. Expect prices to be on the rise.
Or just get a Miata.
£7,000 – £10,000 – A car that is still a lovely beast. The Audi S5.
Okay, the Germans. For this price bracket, you could get one of my favourite engines. The Audi S5 is basically a brilliant grand tourer in this price bracket. I mean, it’s not as fast as a BMW M3 Coupe, but it’s not that bad, is it?
I mean, you do get what you expect, a baleful sounding 4.2 V8 and excellent four wheel drive. Although quite a rather bland interior. But that engine is just such a joy to play with. It could hit 60 in 5.1 seconds, making it the 2nd fastest car in this list.
While the S5 is still rather new, the main thing to look out for when buying an S5, like the RS4, is the carbon build up. It’s not an expensive fix, but it’s something you don’t want when buying.
Want one? Well, this S5 with the rare Bang of Olufsen speaker pack might just be the one on your drive today.
£10,000 – £17,500 – The German everybody forgot about. The Porsche 968.
Yes, a German that everyone forgot about. I think somebody decided to sew the 928 and the 944 together. There you have it, the 968.
While this Porsche is a bit of a slapstick and a completely forgotten car, I honestly think there should be some credibility for this car.
As with any Porsche, parts can be expensive. But the main thing to look out for are the hatch seals. Also, while you look under the hood, check for any camshaft leaks. If it leaks, the seals are on the way out. It’ll set you back about £18 for one, but you could find cheaper aftermarket parts elsewhere online.
Still want one? This manual 968S is probably the one to have.
But still, Miata.
£17,500 – £25,000 – A ridiculed grand tourer that isn’t too bad today. The Aston Martin DB7.
Yep. The DB7. I chose this one for 2 reasons. One, it’s not what I’d call awful looking. And Second and most importantly, an Aston does mean something special.
While it does mean it’s on the rather awful XJS chassis, it does mean the car isn’t too bad for the long journey. But of course being an Aston, it is prone to something.
The main thing to look out for when buying a DB7 (V12 or not) is always something that is a simply endless list. I mean, first of all, those jacking points, radius arm mountings and the front bulkhead are prone to rusting, so a pre-purchase inspection is essential. The plastic catches for the front seat to move forward will break, and if they aren’t fixed, avoid it.
Want it? Well this rare (and annoyingly) automatic V12 might be the one on your drive.
£25,000+ – One of the many used GT cars that still stands out. The Maserati GranTurismo.
Of course, being a Maserati, the GranTurismo is a brilliant proposition. Today, it still looks like it’s exactly the same one you can buy into the showrooms. There are a couple of hints to this being older, but to most normal people, they won’t notice.
One thing’s for certain – I’d still rather have a GranTurismo over the Mercedes-Benz CL – simply because it’s Italian – it’s got that sense of style. Like anything made in Italy really.
Of course – being Italian, this GT is bound to go wrong in some fashion. Just as ever, you may need to back up another £1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 in services. The list isn’t too long, but the big one to check for is corrosion, and the exhaust bypass valve.
Still tempted? Have a go at this one I found 🙂
Now it’s your turn.
Did we miss any used GT cars that can be picked up for people with a spare 15k? Comment below!